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Information for Prisons and Correctional Institutions

United States Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with state environmental agencies, is alerting prisons and correctional facilities throughout the mid-Atlantic states about their responsibility to comply with environmental laws and regulations.(See full Article

To increase compliance and awareness, Samantha Phillips Beers, Esq., Director of EPA Mid-Atlantic Region's Office of Enforcement, Compliance and Environmental Justice announced this effort in a news release (Click for News Release).

Region III has over 100 prisons which have been found to commonly violate RCRA-C, SPCC and other environmental regulations. The Office of Enforcement, Compliance and Environmental Justice has targeted overcrowded, older facilities with industrial shops suspected of causing environmental damage. The integrated prison initiative combined outreach, compliance assistance, inspections and enforcement actions to improve the understanding of environmental requirements and compliance behavior of correctional facilities. Recently, the EPA Mid-Atlantic Region created a survey to determine the effectiveness of outreach in regards to the Region's Integrated Prison Initiative. The goal of this survey was to determine if any changes have occurred in the awareness of regulations and routine practices among Prison and Correctional Facilities, and to determine the effectiveness of EPA outreach efforts.


Mid-Atlantic Region Prison Enforcement Actions

Common Environmental Violations

Environmental problems at some prisons frequently include improper handling and disposal of hazardous waste materials, inadequate monitoring of underground storage tanks, and the failure to have Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan in place. The EPA offers a wide variety of compliance assistance resources and tools designed to assist facilities in complying with federal and state environmental laws. These resources can help facilities understand their obligations, improve compliance and find cost-effective ways to comply through the use of pollution prevention and other innovative technologies. You may want to bookmark or have some of the following links and phone numbers added to your website for future reference:

RCRA Laws and Regulations
RCRA Hazardous Waste Subtitle C

RCRA Orientation Manual - September 2011
Information on H
azardous Waste Materials and Underground Storage Tanks

RCRA, Superfund & EPCRA Call Center
Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure
Required Elements of Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plans

EPA Websites

EPA offers a great deal of compliance assistance and other environmental information and materials on the following Websites:

EPA’s Home Page
Enforcement Policy and Guidance
Compliance Assistance Home Page
Mid-Atlantic Region Enforcement and Compliance
Environmental Audits & Self-Disclosures


EPA sponsors approximately 89 hotlines and clearinghouses that provide free and convenient avenues to obtain assistance with environmental requirements. Key hotlines that may be of interest to you include:

RCRA/UST/CERCLA Hotline (800) 424-9346
Toxics Substances and Asbestos Information (202) 554-1404
Safe Drinking Water (800) 426-4791
Stratospheric Ozone/CFC Information (800) 296-1996
Clean Air Technical Center (919) 541-0800
Wetlands Hotline (800) 832-7828

Compliance Assistance Centers

EPA has established national compliance assistance centers, in partnership with industry, academic institutions, and other federal and state agencies, that provide on-line and fax back assistance services in the following sectors which also may apply to multifaceted facilities.

Access to All Centers
Agriculture (1-888-633-2155)
Automotive (1-888-GRN-LINK) Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Chemical Industry (1-800-672-6048) Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Metal Finishing (1-800-AT-NMFRC) Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Local Governments (1-877-TO-LGEAN) Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Paints and Coatings Center Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Printing (1-888-USPNEAC) Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
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Compliance Policies

EPA’s Compliance Incentives for Small Business Policy and Small Communities Policy are intended to promote environmental compliance among small businesses by providing incentives such as penalty waivers and reductions for participation in compliance assistance programs, and encouraging voluntary disclosure and prompt correction of violations. These policies can not be applied to an enforcement action that has already been initiated. Contact Ginger Gotliffe (202-564-2310) for information on the Small Business Policy and Ken Harmon (202-564-2310) for information on the Small Communities Policy

Additional Information

Mid-Atlantic Office of Enforcement
Compliance and Environmental Justice

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